Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hair with Carey

Vegan, Libra, dog lover... Carey swapped peaches for snow, and moved to Madison from Atlanta 2 years ago to be closer to family. She brought along Ginger, her Dachshund, and Bean, her Chiweenie. Her first day working magic at Cha Cha was just over 6 months ago. Carey started cosmetology school while still in high school, passing up a scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design to be a professional stylist – she's been behind the chair since 1995! She collects tattoos, prefers the color green, adores The Cramps, is kind to animals, appreciates films by David Kronenberg, George Romero, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and uses Oribe's Royal Blowout heat styling spray on anyone she can! Her new Cha Cha colleagues and clients just love her -- you will, too! For more, follow her on Instagram.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cha Cha Flea Market - Sunday, June 7th - 9 to 3

Plans for the Great Cha Cha Beauty and Barber Flea Market are coming together! Not only will we be bringing out our own vintage, modern, and handmade wares for your shopping pleasure -- Good Style Shop is peddling the best vintage clothing, Dairy Heiress Vintage will be there, too, and Rogue BBQ will be rockin' pulled pork sandwiches, brats, and chicken! 

Join the fun Sunday, June 7th, from 9 am to 3 pm! In the parking lot of Cha Cha, 912 Williamson Street, Madison.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Save the Date for the Great Cha Cha Beauty and Barber Flea Market!

Cha Cha Beauty & Barber is hosting a flea market in our driveway/parking lot on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. Join the fun and come shop from 9-3! You'll find lots of vintage and retro goods, modern and newer, handmade, and more!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Brittany of Alabama Shakes Visits Madison, Gets Styled by Robyn

If you were lucky enough to see Alabama Shakes a week ago at Madison's Overture Center, we know you had a blast! Did you hear Miss Robyn of Cha Cha Beauty and Barber was invited to style lead singer Brittany Howard's hair for the event?! SQUEAL! Here's a photo courtesy of Robyn from that magical evening, and you can click here and here for more.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hairin' Go Bragh! St Baldrick's 2015 Fundraiser Follow-up

Gen, Rick, and Brandon teamed up with The Coopers Tavern's annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser for childhood cancer research last Sunday, March 15th -- donating their time and head-shaving expertise to take the locks off those who raised $$$ for the event in exchange for going bald. Collectively over $30K was raised through The Coopers Tavern's teams, and over 35 heads were shaved! Hairin' go bragh!








Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Genevieve the Great - 10 Years with Cha Cha

2015 marks Cha Cha Beauty & Barber's 19th anniversary. How long have you worked at Cha Cha? Why hair as a career?
I've been working at Cha Cha for 10 wonderful years!  I started as a client, then receptionist, and after a little bit of prodding, I accepted an apprenticeship position.  For as long as I remember, I'd always wanted to do hair, but just had to wait for the stars to align!

You regularly volunteer your time and services for Coopers Tavern's St Baldrick's annual fundraiser. Tell us more about it!
Several years ago friends of mine from the Arsenal Supporters Club approached me with the opportunity to volunteer to shave heads for the St. Baldrick's Children's Cancer Research Foundation. It's every year before the parade on the Sunday of St. Patrick's Day weekend, at Cooper's Tavern on the square (details on this year's parade here) .  The ASC raises money for several charities throughout the year, with this one being their largest.  Basically I agreed because I wasn't doing any sort of volunteer work at the time, and the idea of shaving a room full of people's heads was really exciting to me. The day of the event is so cool because the energy in the room is really high!  Once people start
losing locks, it's great to see the camaraderie amongst the shavees, how proud they are of what they've raised and what they're doing, and some people are so taken by the whole thing that they decide to shave their heads last minute.  At last year's event, I remember one little girl, probably about 7, walked up to my chair.  I couldn't decide who was more nervous, her or me (somebody later told me they could see me shaking)!  Like a little trooper she sat down in my chair, and I quick lopped off her ponytail.  Gingerly I showed it to her, and the biggest smile came across her face.  That's definitely been the highlight of this event for me, by far. To donate or participate, visit this page.

You're an awesome mom to two adorable rescue dogs. We all want to know more about them!
I have two giant pitties, Murphy and Brisco, 5 and 4 respectively.  Unfortunately, due to one of them in particular suffering from pretty gnarly separation anxiety, they are crated when I'm at work.  However, Shelly is gracious enough to be flexible with my schedule so that they don't have to be locked up for a million hours a day. I make sure to leave them with stuffed kongs, toys, blankets, lights and music.  When they're not crated, they're just like any other boys, and it's Wrestlemania in my house.  I come from a long line of Humane Society supporters, so when it came to adopting, we went to the closest resource, the DCHS.  As much as I loved pitbulls, I was renting at the time, and it's next to impossible to rent when you have a stigmatized breed of dog.  But a friend of mine sent me a link to Murphy's page and it was love at first sight!  Due to my love of the breed, I follow probably every pitbull organization and rescue on the internet.  I particularly love the New York City Bully Rescue.  They have a huge internet presence, and they're constantly rescuing dogs from atrocious situations and conditions, and sharing their successful placement stories.

What brought you to Madison? Why do you stay?
At this point I've lived in Madison for half my life, which is kind of crazy for me to think of. Before living here, I never lived in one hemisphere of the earth for more than five years.  My dad was an engineer, and always took foreign contracts, which was rad because I got to live in Canada, Venezuela and New Zealand, and travel around a ton. We got to Madison in time for me to finish my last year of high school, and then ship off to Milwaukee for college.  That only lasted a year though, and I came back and ended up graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Philosophy.  I guess I can't really say what kept me here.. I think it was really a combination of finally wanting to stop moving and put some roots down, and Madison being a super cool little city.  I have no problem leaving and coming back, and I really haven't found anywhere that compares yet.  Sometimes it can feel a little claustrophobic, but that's when you know it's time to take a vacation!

Favorite place to visit?
Obviously always New Zealand because it's the best country, but I have a wicked case of wanderlust!  I want to travel more around the South Pacific, go surfing in Indonesia, and I'm currently obsessed with going to Cuba.

Back to hair. What's all this talk about Olaplex? What is it? What kind of hair will it benefit?
One night, while nerding out on my computer, I came across a product called Olaplex that promised to "never break a client's hair again!".  Obviously that sounded way too good to be true, but curiosity ensnared me and I spent the entire night doing research on this new, seemingly miraculous product.  Color and bleach processing breaks down bonds within the hair, and Olaplex is a 3-step process that multiplies these bonds instead - ultimately leaving your hair in better condition than what you came in with.  It allows us to safely push the boundaries of what was achievable before!  You can use it as a treatment on it's own to improve hair quality, or as an additive to any chemical process.  The best part about it is that there is a take home leave-in, so the client can maintain their results until their next appointment.  We've been experimenting here at the shop (which is the only reason my baby hair is now baby pink!), and I have to say I've been really impressed with the results.  I've noticed minimal breakage, great hair-strengthening results just using it as a treatment, and lifting color past what I've felt comfortable lightening to in the past.

We'll end our chat with a drink! Your favorite cocktail and why?
I like girly cocktails, so pretty much anything on the Opus menu!  I love the Tranquila from Mickey's Tavern, and a good Maker's Old Fashioned sour helps keeps winter at bay.  But, I'm a wine-o for the most part.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Visit the Cha Cha Chapel at the Symco Shakedown

Cha Cha Beauty & Barber's talented crew is comin' back to the Symco Shakedown this year! 

Guys, step right up for an old-fashioned straight-razor shave and pompadour or flattop--available both Friday and Saturday with Barbers Brandon, Shelly and Cortney!  Barber supplies by Murray's.

And Dolls, we'll have our amazing stylist and make-up artist, Alice, available Friday only to make you even more beautiful!  You just have to swing by the Cha Cha Chapel and test our new Besame and Medusa lines of cosmetics!  Maybe pick up new lipstick or eyeshadow for the Miss Symco pin-up contest, eh?

First come, first served.